How to Enable Google Gtalk Video & Audio on Galaxy S

GTalk Video LogoIn an age of custom ROMs which still many of the users don’t want to go for where there are plenty of array of tweaks as well as other benefits are available. So for all those who are using Samsung Galaxy S GT I9000, we will now see on how you can update your phone with the Gtalk version which comes with Voice / Video capability. So, in the due course of this article we will see on how you can easily update your Galaxy S so that you can enjoy the Gtalk with this capability. Please note that in the due course of this update you will not be losing any sorts of data and also to top of it it’s a very simple procedure with which you can update your Gtalk.

Please ensure that you are having the Galaxy S GT I9000 only and this is not tested on any other phones. So, we are not clear off whether this procedure will actually run or not. As there is no harm in trying out whether this will run in your device or not, you can always check for the same but you will have to carefully follow the instructions which are mentioned below.

So, let’s get started with the procedure on how to enjoy Video as well as Free voice calling service. Please note that this procedure will only work with the Gingerbread 2.3.x versions and this Gtalk Video Chat is not compatible with the Froyo as well as in all the earlier versions. So, before following this you need to ensure that you are either on XXJVP, XXJVQ or in XXJVR version and also correspondingly you also need to ensure that you have rooted the same.

All the procedures of rooting of XXJVP, XXJVQ and XXJVR can be referred from the links in this sentence. Though this process won’t erase any of your data but it’s always better to backup all your crucial data which is present in your phone and also note that rooting basically voids the warranty, though this can be un done by applying any of the stock ROMs again.


  • So, after ensuring that your Galaxy S GT I9000 is in the Gingerbread 2.3.x version of firmware along with the root access, you will now have to proceed to download the Enhanced Google Talk Zip file in your computer. Now, once you download this in your computer, without renaming the same, you need to copy this Zip file in your phone.
  • Please note that while copying the file, you will have to make sure that you don’t copy this file deep into any path which will be difficult to find. You can transfer this zip file as it is by connecting the USB cable to your phone.

GTalk Video Chat

  • After you copy the file, you will now have to plug out the USB cable and then turn Off the phone so that then you can turn ON in the recovery mode so as to flash the same.
  • Now, you need to enter the recovery mode. The recovery mode can be entered by holding the Volume Up button + the Home key button (the middle button). While holding these both buttons, you need to switch ON your device.
  • Please note that if the device restarts automatically as a normal reboot then you will have to repeat the process to enter into the recovery mode.

recovery mode

  • Just in case if you don’t know on how the recovery mode, then you can refer the below video as we have mentioned a simple tutorial on how to enter the same.

  • Now, in the recovery mode you will find many options as you can see in the below screen shot like “reboot system now”, “apply update from sdcard”, “wipe data / factory reset”, “wipe cache partition”, “install zip from sd card”, “backup and restore”, “mounts and storage” and “advanced”. Out of these options, all you need to do is to just select the option of “install zip from sd card”.
  • As soon you select the same, you will have to choose the option of “choose zip from sdcard” after which you will have to select the zip file which you have placed in your phone. Please note that you can select the same with the help of the Center button in your Galaxy S.
  • After this the Gtalk will be updated and will hardly take 15 – 30 seconds to apply the update on your phone. Once the update is applied successfully then you will be intimated on the screen after which you need to select the option of “Go Back” and then choose to “reboot system now” after which the device will be rebooted.
  • That’s it you can now enjoy the Video calling as well as Audio calling facility on your Galaxy S GT I9000. Just in case if the update is not applied successfully then you will have to repeat the process again.

Do, let us know if you face any issues after the application of the update and also ensure that you follow every single instruction which is mentioned above or else you will not be able to enjoy this application. If you want to revoke the root access then do let us know about the same in the comments section as we will help you out with the same. The simple way to unroot the device is to first clear the cache from the recovery mode along with the Wipe data option and then you need to again reapply the update of the Stock ROM.


  1. Hey guys m real new to android.
    Got Samsung I9003 having 2.3.6.
    Baseband ver: I9003DDKP4
    Buid No: Gingerbread DDKP3

    Can you let me know how to enable Voice/Video call support my device. :(
    M unable to do so…

    If i do d above steps can i have video/voice call on my device
    plz rpl

  2. Does it work with Galaxy S plus i9001? I have the same situation that there is no video call option in gtalk. I really love this feature but can’t figure out how to enable it. Any idea?

  3. I am on gingr bread 2.3.6 xxjvu

  4. i installed this on my gingerbread 2.3.6 XXJUV but the video shown is from my back camera only, front camera video not showng, how to change it to front camera.
    i tilt my phone in both landscapd and portait but only back camera is active. pls help

  5. Camera selection is not working. Currently rear camera only working no option to select front camera..

  6. Hi neal,

    my phone is currently running on android 2.3.5, is there any way to enable gtalk video chat with out rooting?

  7. how to root the phone, what all things will be affected by rooting.

  8. pls tell me how to root the phone.
    aslo if i am rooting the phone, will it loss all data and applicaitons in the phone ?

  9. Dear Neal

    my phone i9000 is having android 2.3.5 XXJVT, i tried to install this gtalk update but it showed the error “signature verification failed” and aborted. what to do ?, how to intall gtalk voice and video chat update on this phone?

  10. hey neal,
    does this work on Samsung galaxy sl i9003? I am using xxkpm 2.3.5 rooted
    thank you,

  11. will this Work on DXJV9 also?


  13. Can i use this update with rooted GB2.3.5 XXJVS- GT i9000 ?

  14. This is horrible… i do have SGS xxJVR (2.3.4 GB), but when i installed this zip the Talk app is nowhere to be seen. When i went to the system/app folder, i saw the Talk2.apk and another one but when i tried to run it it said “error parsing” …what the hell?!
    And now i tried again…but my phone WONT BOOT ANYMORE

    I hate you ;) (not really… just kidding…but i am pissed a bit – but not at you)

  15. when I login gtalk at android phone (Galaxy S 9000), there are video/voice icon on buddy’s icon

    but my chat partner see my status as

    Voice/video chat is not yet available for linuxnas’s system.

  16. I have the same problem as described before

    Gtalk is not working, after click on video icon
    nothing happening, the screen turns black and then returns to the home screen of GTALK.
    if I choose voice chat, it just shows calling signal.

    my is JVR (2.3.4)

  17. thank you Neal,,You are a GENIUS man..
    thank you so much.

  18. it only enables voice chat..I have tried all the versions but sadly none of them was able to detect camera for video chat.. I am on 2.3.4 xxjvq

    any advice?

  19. 2.3.4 is such a waste a firmware for I9000!!!!
    lot of bugs!
    no good features!
    USB tethering has problem in all ROMs!!!!
    Gtalk Video chat is not working fine in some ROMs!!!!

    hence i rolled back to XXJVO and installed the
    i has both front and back cam toggle feature.


  20. hey,
    i have not rooted my phone but i still want to use it.
    will it work??

  21. i’m on xtra ordinary rom 3.3, only voice call works for me, video call is not working, its showing only the green speaker icon on my availability… i’ve enable all related option in setting but still its not showing video call availability,…
    what is wrong???

  22. Hi Neal

    Can I install on XXJVQ 2.3.4 EXTRAordinary build??


  23. I alwayz try not to use rooting the device.
    I think its not good for the device. is his right

  24. Sorry Neal, I did not follow the rooting instructions and also my phone is JXJV6, hence the error message. Regards, John

  25. Hi Neal, I tried the suggested steps and I got the following message while uploading in recovery mode- “E: signature verification failed” Installation aborted. What is reason for this error? Any tips? Thanks, John

  26. Paddy Padmanabhan

    I installed it but i have the following two issues.
    1) In my mobile the back camera is working not the front one and
    2) The other side party is not able to see me eventhough, I can see them

    Do you know any solution.


  27. Hi Neal,
    i did the same procedure in XXJVR, but gtalk is not working fine, i am unable to do either video or audio chat.


  28. Thanks …

    Tried and tested…
    100 % working…

    make sure ur phone is in landscape view otherwise it will show black screen to the person ur chatting with…